News from the Pumpkin Patch
Mr. Rick writes “The Pumpkin Patch is going well so far, and we have had great participation from our youth! We thank all of the adults who have volunteered so far, and we ask for anyone who has not put in a shift to consider helping during this last week. Come by the patch and sign up, are call me at 503-7933 to find an open time that is suitable. God Bless you!”

RUMC’s Talent Show Coming November 1st
Do you have a talent? Can you sing, dance, tell a story or a joke, tumble, break a brick with your hand, or read a poem? If so, you can display your talent proudly at the RUMC talent show to be held on Saturday evening at 6:00 PM in Crichton Hall. Contact Kim or Gary Floyd to be included in the show.

Even if you have no talent, come for the light refreshments, the fellowship and the entertainment anyway. This event is sponsored by the RUMC United Methodist Women and all donations will go to World Missions. See everyone there.​

Important Upcoming Church Meetings
The United Methodist Women and Men will meet on Monday, November 3rd starting at 7:00 PM. The women will gather in the library, while the men will meet in Crichton Hall. The men will be preparing for their annual Christmas Tree sale.

Our church’s annual Charge Conference will be held in the sanctuary on Tuesday, November 4th at 6:45 PM. The retired pastor, Rev. J. C. Powell, will serve as our presiding elder.

The following Tuesday, November 11th, will be our next Church Council meeting. The Finance Committee will meet at 6:00 PM and the Church Council at 7:00 PM. Both meetings will be held in the church library.

Mark the Dates for the Harvest Festival
The RUMC Harvest Festival will be held on Saturday, November 15th between 10 AM and 5 PM. It will include crafters, local vendors, food trucks, activities for children, and a flu shot clinic sponsored by our neighborhood Walgreen’s Pharmacy. Currently, we have over 50 vendors and crafters signed up!

In preparation, we will have a church work day on Saturday, November 8th, in order to spruce up the grounds for the Fall Festival. We will need pressure washers, brooms and yard tools to help us with this task.

Community-Wide Thanksgiving Service
Our 31st annual Community-Wide Thanksgiving Service will be held at the Boyette Springs Church of God (12114 Boyette Rd, Riverview) on Wednesday, November 26th at 7:00 PM. Father Antonio Diaz will be the featured speaker, and light refreshments will follow the service. This celebration is sponsored by the Alafia Ministerial Association. Please make plans to attend—and invite your family and friends.

Register for the March Women’s Retreat
The Riverview United Methodist Women are planning to send a group to the Florida Conference Women’s Retreat on March 20-22, 2015 in Fruitland Park, Florida. If you are interested in attending, you must notify Kim Floyd, the President of our church’s UMW chapter. We are trying to get our registrations in as early as possible, since this mid-March retreat fills up quickly.

Billy Graham Gospel Special
A television special will be airing during the week of November 7th. It is sponsored by the Billy Graham evangelical organization. We’ll provide you more detailed scheduling information as it becomes available. What a wonderful to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with our friends and family.

News from the Pastor
Pastor Merritt’s daughter is building a new house in the area, and the pastor’s entire family will be moving in early December once the house is ready for occupancy. The new home is within ten minutes of the church, and the pastor will continue to live nearby in case of emergency. We wish the pastor, his daughter, and his grandson good luck on this new adventure.

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Bible Message of the Week
Not Enough Containers!

We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!

Romans 5:3-5 (The Message)
Calendar of Events

Saturday, November 1
UMC Webcast. Human Sexuality and Church Unity. 9-11 AM.
RUMC Talent Show.  Crichton Hall, 6:00 PM

Monday, November 3
UM Women.  Library, 7:00 PM.
UM Men.  Crichton Hall, 7:00 PM.

Tuesday, November 4
RUMC Charge Conference.  Sanctuary, 6:45 PM.

Saturday, November 8
Workday.  Church grounds and buildings, 9 AM-2 PM. (We will be getting ready for the Harvest Festival.)

Tuesday, November 11
Finance Committee Meeting. Library, 6:00 PM.
Church Council Meeting.  Library, 7:00 PM.

Saturday, November 15
Harvest Festival.  Throughout the church, 10 AM—5 PM.

Wednesday, November 26
Community-Wide Thanksgiving Service.  Boyette Springs Church of God, 12114 Boyette Rd, Riverview, 7:00 PM.

Our Vision:
That we all may be one, so that the world may all be won.

Our Mission:
To know Christ, so that we can grow in Christ in order to show Christ to a world in need of Christ.

Pastors Message
Prayer Requests
About Us
Harvest Fest

8002 U. S. Highway 301 South, Riverview, FL  33578  813-677-5995
Service Times:
9:00 AM -- Faith Groups for All Ages (Sunday School)
10:00 AM-- Worship Service

Rev. Merritt Waters, Pastor
Download the November, 2014 BELL Newsletter from this link.

View Pictures of our 2014 Pumpkin Patch on this webpage.

We are still offering a limited number of outside booth spaces at various locations on our church grounds. Space for a 12’ by 12’ crafter tent area will rent for $25. All proceeds from the Harvest Festival will go towards the work of United Methodist missions. 

There are booth space contracts available here. Remaining booths will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis as signed contracts and rental fees are received. All submissions must be received by October 30, 2014.

We have set up a special email account to service the Harvest Festival. Contact the organizers if you want more information about renting table or booth space, want to volunteer to help with the event, or even if you have suggestions about how to make this event even better. Or you can contact us by phone at (813) 579-8541. We’d love to hear from you.
ATTENTION:  UMC Live Webcast, November 1st

The United Methodist Church will address the issues of human sexuality and church unity on Saturday, November 1st. They will present a webcast, livestreamed from 9 AM until 11 AM.

Some background: Because of recent court actions, more than half of U.S. states likely will soon have some form of legalized same-gender civil marriage. The U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 6 declined to review appeals court rulings allowing same-sex marriage in five more states. That move effectively extends same-gender civil marriage to 30 states.

Resolving our denomination’s long running debate about human sexuality—and especially about same-sex marriages—requires that more United Methodist’s become part of the conversation. That’s why a panel of seven UMC bishops and other leaders will streaming an online panel discussion. They are inviting other United Methodists to participate. The panel discussion will be chaired by Bishop Bruce R. Ough of the Dakotas-Minnesota Conference. The early Saturday time was picked in order to maximize participation from around the world.

More information about this webcast can be found at this UMC webpage.